On This Day

May 1930 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 236 for Australia v Worcestershire in his first 1st class innings in England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • May 5 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores an unbeaten 185 in a tour match for Australia v Leicestershire at Aylestone Road, Leicester
  • May 9 55th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6
  • May 16 6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2
  • May 17 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
  • May 20 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention & cure of athlete's foot

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 22 Yankees' future Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig becomes first to hit 3 HRs three times as NY outscores Philadelphia A's, 20-13; teams combine for then-record 10 homers

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 24 21 year old Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 252 not out in a tour match for Australia v Surrey at Kennington Oval, London

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 24 Babe Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Arnold wins (161.6 kph)
  • May 31 Don Bradman batting for Australia v Hampshire at Southampton is 47 not out at stumps, bringing his aggregate to 1,001 runs, the first cricket touring overseas batsman to complete 1,000 runs by end of May

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 British Amateur Championship, Men's Golf, St. Andrews Links: Bobby Jones scores a 7 & 6 win over Englishman Roger Wethered for the first leg of his Grand Slam

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • May 4 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • May 8 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)

Person of interestPat Summerall

May 10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • May 12 Pat McCormick, American diver (4 x Olympic gold women's springboard & platform 1952, 56), born in Seal Beach, California
  • May 16 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), born in Penang, British Malaya (d. 2013)